Counterblast: punitive Payne, justice campaigns, and popular punitivism: where next for ‘public criminology'?

Harper, Craig and Treadwell, James (2013) Counterblast: punitive Payne, justice campaigns, and popular punitivism: where next for ‘public criminology'? The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52 (2). pp. 216-222. ISSN 0265-5527

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12012

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Abstract

This paper looks at the increasing power of the British press in relation to (in)forming political responses to crime. Drawing on the example of the Sun Justice campaign, we examine the trend of the celebrification of news and the use of emotional language in relation to sexual offending. We argue that criminologists should be more forceful in their response to misrepresentative press reporting about crime, and unashamedly promote empirical findings in mass-media circles to redress the balance between ideology and evidence.

Keywords:criminology, Media, sex offending, British press
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:11909
Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 11:56

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